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Sadly the Classic Boat Revival due to take place at Bosham SC on 4/5 Sept 2021 has fallen victim to covid-19 travel uncertainty and ability of local hosts to accommodate visitors in the current circumstances.  Visitors have always been an integral part of the event's success and without them, it would just not be the same. Having now missed two years, the plan is now to 'relaunch big time' in 2022, on either the 1st or 2nd weekend of September. N12 Vintage Wing and N12 events calendar planners please mark those dates in your diary pending confirmation. It would be awesome to have vintage 12s at the event alongside many other classic boats.
Mike S
(N3491 and BSC Sailing Manager)
This year's summer open at RSC is on Sunday 13th July:

Ranelagh Sailing Club, The Embankment, Putney, London, SW15 1LB. 
Race start at 14.15
High water of 7.09m at 15:42
Entry fee £10
Sailing Instructions/briefing at around 13.30 approx.
Post race barbecue (included in entry fee).
Luckily the 3 month closure of Putney Bridge does not come into effect until 14th July but watch out for the weekend closures of the Hammersmith Flyover which are causing a lot of traffic disruption if you are coming in to Putney from the north.
Just added to my gallery at a couple of pics taken by my Club Commodore at Flushing, Cornwall.

"They sailed in then dropped the sails and pulled it out to a mooring while they had lunch. I think the sail said 1808 but
I never got a clear view (I was upwind on our balcony). Looks like it had a stern tank or at least stern deck. 
Apart from the age of the sailors very swallows and amazons…"
It's just two weeks to go to the 2nd Thames Area event of 2014, the 52nd Hamble Warming Pan hosted by Hamble River Sailing Club on 15th and 16th March 2014. We'll be sharing the river Hamble with Merlin Rocket, Firefly, Albacore, Enterprise, Laser & Foxer classes.
There will be two races each day with the first starts scheduled for 1100 GMT both days. Racing will start and finish on the HRSC club line, just five minutes sail from the launching area. The event Notice of Race is now available on the HRSC website
Entry fees have been kept at the same level as last year, just £25 for double-handed crews and £12 for single-handers.
Food and drink will be available in the HRSC clubhouse on the Ferry Hard throughout the weekend.
Accommodation hints and other useful information are available on the Hamble River Sailing Club website.
High profile handicap events notwithstanding (well done Camms, Ibbotsons and Copseys) the N12 open meeting calendar traditionally launches with the historic and challenging Ranelagh Winter Race for the Royal Thames Yacht Club Trophy. And in recent years this has also been the opportunity for the Thames Area sailors and non-sailors to get together, eat, drink and let Graham & Zoe keep the Thames Area Series Trophy for another year.
This tradition will be repeated in 2014 (except maybe the last bit…I’m not telling.)
When: 16th Feb 2014
Where: Ranelagh Sailing Club, The Embankment, Putney, London, SW15 1LB
What: Open Meeting for N12 for the Royal Thames Yacht Club Trophy
Sailing Instructions/briefing at around 13.30
Race start at 14.00
High water at 15.27
Entry fee £10
Racing will be followed by the Thames Area Dinner and Prizegiving at around 16.00-16.30. All sailors, non-sailors and friends of the N12 Thames Area are most welcome.
2 courses â€" Green Thai chicken curry/veggie curry followed by apple crumble/chocolate brownies and cream
Adults £15, Children £7
Please can I have numbers for the meal via email to mg.storey(at) as soon as possible and no later than Monday 10th Feb to help with planning the food. And if an alternative kids meal is needed, please contact me.
Hope to see lots of you there
General National 12 chat / N12 burgees
16 Nov 2013, 08:23
If, like me, your burgee got shredded by the early November gale you'll be needing a top quality N12 branded Falker replacement. Available in a range of colours for the princely sum of £8 (plus P&P) from an nationwide distribution network comprising:
Mike Storey
Christian Day
Chris Troth
Howard Chadwick
Jeremy Carey
Gerald Copsey
Contact details are in the handbook and we are all going to try and remember to bring them to events, so you boat should never be lacking appropriate topmast decoration.
Mike N3491
All Thames sailors
Tides are not too favourable for our traditional January Sunday lunchtime race and prizegiving for the Royal Thames Trophy and 2013 Thames series at Ranelagh. We could do an early (9.30am) start on Jan 12th, which is the morning after Bloody Mary Race, or go into Feb and have an afternoon start (2pm) on the 16th, which is the first weekend of half term, followed by the traditional Thames Area prizegiving meal, which would be a high tea. I'm thinking the latter option but just wanted to put the options out for comment by the hardy band of winter Thames sailors before confirming.
Mike N3491
Chris Price has posted a picture of what he thinks is a very old 12 on our Facebook page at Look in "Recent Posts by Others"
Anyone care to try and identify it?
Interesting series of open pursuits at Hayling just announced, some of which inevitably clash with N12 events, but these ones don't seem to:

HISC Perisher Pursuit - Sat 16th Feb - first start 13:30

The Cock of the Harbour Pursuit - Sun 18th Aug â€" first start 12:00

The Last Blast Pursuit - Mon 26th Aug â€" first start 12:00 (In aid of Friends of Hayling Rescue)

The Christmas Cracker Pursuit - Sat 21st Dec â€" first start 11:00 (In aid of Friends of Chichester Harbour)
Whilst the hardy Thames Area N12 sailors are chomping at the bit for this weekend's Ranelagh Winter Race and hoping the thermometer might rise above zero, thoughts turn to spring, which has been known to (occasionally) make an appearance at the annual Hamble Warming Pan regatta, this year taking place on 16th/17th March and offering the chance of a final tune up before the GUL Series kicks off at Burghfield the following weekend.


The first Hamble Warming Pan regatta was held in 1962 when there were just two competing classes, Merlin Rockets and National 12 dinghies. Over the years the invite list expanded until eight classes were invited to attend in 2002. Racing is held in the lower reaches and mouth of the River Hamble and is run by Hamble River Sailing Club, based near the centre of Hamble village. Racing will start and finish on the Hamble River Sailing Club line for Merlin Rocket (Sunday only), Firefly, National 12, Enterprise, Albacore & Foxer classes. NOR will be posted on the club website. Visitors to the village will be able to watch the competing dinghies at many vantage points along the river banks. On Saturday night the club will be hosting an event with plenty of food and drink to go round.


Briefing 10.30 Sat 

 1st start 11.30 Sat, 11.00 Sun

 2 races Sat, 2 races Sun

 £25 entry 

 There will be a one day entry fee. It's normally set at just over 50% of the two day entry

 Bacon rolls available in club from 09.30

 Evening meal in the club on Saturday night

 HRSC contacts: 

 tel: 02380 452070
Am I correct in thinking that BW 2012 is planned to be at Hayling Island over the Jubilee/Whit Weekend?
Sad as it may seem, I need to make some plans now if it is.

Mike S
Early Series Nov 1 - Dec 27
Late Series Jan 3 - Mar 21
3 races each Sunday: 1 x 50 min Handicap plus class starts from 10.30; 2 x 30 min back to back all-in Handicap start from 11.45ish.
N12s sail with the Handicap class. A Club N12 (N3085 - a Pipedream) is available for hire.

Fees: £78 covers helm and crew and berthing. Late series entry only £38. Trailer storage £6

Further details are available on the brand spanking new website or from membership secretary Dave Baldwin on  08707652628 or email him at

I'm not sure if Jeremy is running his Burghfield Winter Series this year. At IBRSC the RS200s are running a 5 week series on the 2nd Sunday of each month. If there is interest we could try something similar, maybe a 3 week series on the 3rd Sunday of Jan-Mar? Post here if you are interested in this.

Mike S
Does anyone know the date of the Ranelagh Winter Race next year? Is it Jan 8th?

I'm sure I've seen this paint job somewhere before....:)
Calling all those into messing about on the river...

Desborough SC Open Meeting is this Sunday 22nd May. First race 11am.

Twelves of all shapes and sizes are most welcome and if the weather is anything like last Sunday (light and flukey), an older boat is DEFINITELY no disadvantage. Looks like we could get 9 "home" boats out and with several visitors already confirmed and the potential launch of a brand new 12 (Mike D is it ready? Is it legal?) its going to be a busy time on the river.

DSC is conveniently located just off the M25 on the north bank of the Thames at Shepperton. Directions to the club at

There will be cake.

General National 12 chat / N12 logo
17 Mar 2005, 10:29
Anybody got a high resolution jpeg or similar of the N12 logo? The one available from this site is a little pixellated for my purposes. email to
The good news is that the developer has withdrawn the application to build a new marina slap bang in the middle of our sailing area. There were over 70 letters of objection.

Here's to a good season!

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